Udaltsov avoids answering questions about preparations for mass riots

Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov refused to answer some of the investigators' questions about the preparations for mass riots.

"During today's investigation, the investigator asked about my means of communications and the people I have talked to in the past 1-2 years. Because a lot of time has passed, I preferred to use Article 51 of the Constitution and did not answer that question," Udaltsov told reporters on Friday, adding that "the questioning ended at that."

"I am still under an obligation not to leave the city. They may summon me again next week," Udaltsov said.

The criminal case against Udaltsov, his aide Konstantin Lebedev, and Leonid Razvozzhayev, an aide to State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov and a Left Front, was opened on October 17, 2012, on the basis of the article of the Criminal Code dealing with "preparations for the organization of mass riots."

The criminal case was opened based on the results of a probe into the information stated in the filmAnatomy of Protest-2, which aired on NTV television on October 5, 2012. According to the film, Andrei Borodin, former CEO of the Bank of Moscow, said he was ready to provide a large amount of money to support the non-systems opposition in Russia.

According to the film, the mediator was Givi Targamadze, the head of the Georgian parliament's committee on defense and security, and Udaltsov is among the perpetrators of the plan to intensify the protest movement in Russia.

Lebedev and Razvozzhayev were arrested during the investigation. Udaltsov has given his written promise not to leave Moscow.

On December 11, 2012 Vladimir Markin from the Investigations Committee said investigators had collected materials "confirming that Targamadze financed the illegal activities by Udaltsov, Razvozzhayev, and Lebedev aimed at organizing mass riots in Russia."

The investigation into this case has been extended until April 1, 2013.

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